Joe Glover Trust

Hampshire-based children charity supports families suffering through cancer and there are many ways you can help.

The Joe Glover Trust is dedicated to supporting children, young people and their families who are suffering through cancer. Apart from emotional and practical, the charity also offers urgent financial help to improve the quality of children’s lives. From the travel costs to hospitals, household bills and even funeral costs, the charity offers hardship grants. It assists families with the numerous costs of caring for children on cancer treatment.

After eight-year-old Joe Glover died to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the children’s cancer charity was established in 2007. The Joe Glover Trust is based in Hampshire, UK. Anyone can support the charity by donating while the trust also organises events to help raise funds. On the website fundraising is one option among raising money through online shopping at no extra cost, monthly giving and so on. Any help is always hugely appreciated, and you can learn more about how to get involved by contacting the organisation or visiting the website.

Children and young people who live in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex are offered treatment at the specialist children’s cancer unit. The Piam Brown Ward or the Teenage and Young Adult Unit (TYA) are in Southampton General Hospital. Other local institutions providing shared care include Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth or Basingstoke, Poole, Salisbury Hospitals.

Families can make a financial grand application to the Trust that works in conjunction with the Social Workers on the Piam Brown Ward and the TYA. After the application is assessed to make sure the money is allocated to families in need, the grand is validated. Since 2007 the Joe Glover Trust has helped hundreds of families. “During 2018, 94% of the grants we awarded were for help with household bills and travel expenses to families really struggling financially.”

The charity has ensured some distraction for children such as providing TV’s, laptops, iPads and Xboxes across Piam Brown Ward, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Basingstoke Hospital, etc. The ‘Days Out Programme’ also focuses on helping children and their families put their worries behind for a bit by visiting The Lion King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Union J, Stomp! Paulton’s Park, Shrek the Musical and so on. However, much more help is still needed for children diagnosed with cancer and their families and anyone can help.